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    for the three stooges fans

    The Stoogeum is just outside of Philly. He is open once a month but also by prior reservation.

    http://www.stoogeum.com/

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    If the rainfall is good Rickettes State Park http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us/statepar...kettsglen.aspx has the nicest set of waterfalls in the east. 23 water falls over a 8 mile hike you are a shutter bug get there for the morning light. Hiking boots are a must!

    Columbia County Covered Bridges There ar 21 bridges in Columbia County. Many of these bridges were built my 2 or 3 guys and a couple of horses. http://pacoveredbridges.com/columbia_county.htm

    The Danville Iron Heritage Festival http://www.ironheritagefestival.net/ July 23 and July 24 2011 The Iron Heritage Festival has become one of the largest historic festivals in Central PA. On Oct 8, 1845, the first T-rail in America was rolled out at the Montour Iron Works.

    FISHING CREEK HERITAGE DAYS July 23 & 24, 2011 Benton Town Park Benton, PA 17814 No link yet
    Learn about The "FISHING CREEK CONFEDERACY"
    LINCOLN'S U.S. TROOPS IN COLUMBIA

    "On Saturday evening, August, 13th, about ninety of Lincoln's United States Troops, Cavalry, and Mounted Artillery with two Cannon arrived in Bloomsburg. The next Tuesday, some two hundred and fifty more Soldiers arrived here and joined them in Camp on the 'Agricultural Fair Ground.'
    If you arrive a week early there is the Benton Rodeo http://www.bentonrodeo.com/
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    Cool Top Secret...........forum only

    Here is a top secret one for you vintage AMA riders. In the town of Shunk is a small garage owned by Ed Fisher. He's the father of Gary Fisher an AMA racer from the '70's.

    Ed was a factory Triumph rider in the '50's and has a great collection of bikes and even better stories to tell if you catch him on a good day. The garage should be easy to find since the town is not much larger. Very unassuming place filled will all types of bikes and they all run. Just stop in and I hope you catch him. He loves motorcycles and you will like traveling that neck of the woods on the twisty road.
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    On a clear night

    The sky at Cherry Springs State Park, the first International Dark Sky Park in the eastern US, is so dark that the Milky Way casts a shadow.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cherry_Springs_State_Park
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    +1 on Fallingwater, about 30 miles and a beautiful ride from our home. But, call ahead for reservations if you can, the tours are scheduled and do fill up in the summer time.

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    Hey Statdawg
    Thanx for the correction on the Martin Guitar factory. If I can swing it I may spend a little $$$ there and ship a classical guitar home. I already have a steel string Martin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Newstar View Post
    The Stoogeum is just outside of Philly. He is open once a month but also by prior reservation.

    http://www.stoogeum.com/
    I'd never heard of that. I always assumed our Stoogeum was housed in the State Capitol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Statdawg View Post
    Here is a top secret one for you vintage AMA riders. In the town of Shunk is a small garage owned by Ed Fisher. He's the father of Gary Fisher an AMA racer from the '70's.

    Ed was a factory Triumph rider in the '50's and has a great collection of bikes and even better stories to tell if you catch him on a good day. The garage should be easy to find since the town is not much larger. Very unassuming place filled will all types of bikes and they all run. Just stop in and I hope you catch him. He loves motorcycles and you will like traveling that neck of the woods on the twisty road.
    I worked for Ed when he had his shop in Parksburg and watched his son race at Daytona back in the 70's.. We try to get together at the Oley Antique Swap meet in April of each year..

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    The Strange and the Weird Places in Pa.


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    Bills Old Bike Barn

    Bill's Bike Barn is located on Route 11 in Bloomsburg, PA adjacent
    to Bill's Custom Cycles, minutes off of I-80.

    Their website calls it a "A Unique collection of Vintage Motorcycles and Americana Memorabilia".

    www.billsbikebarn.com
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    For some reason they left off my daughter's bedroom.

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    Jim Thorpe

    Jim Thorpe is a scenic ride from Bloomsburg. It is always featured as one of the best mountain bike places in North America. From the many summit trails one can see the Leigh Gorge that offers white water rafting, bicycling paths, flyfishing and a train excursion. The town is situated in a tight river valley and was dubbed Little Switzerland of America long before North Caroline and Colorado resorts took the same name. Its the former home of the Packer family, industrialist that owned the Leigh Canal, Bethlelem Steel, Leigh Valley Railroad and descendants stretched their reach into health care, and they founded Leigh University.

    The original town was named Mauch Chunk and was later renamed when the destitute wife of Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe was looking for a proper burial place for her husband. The town raised money and he is entombed on a hill not far from village center. The main reason to get Jim Thorpes body to town was the draw to create a major sports complex on the flats of the Leigh River, a grand football stadium and baseball field would attract teams and boost the declining town as king coal was fading as residents were switching to cleaner fuel oil. Thankfully someone remembered the terrible flood that destroyed the canal docks and locks in the late 1800's and thought it wasn't a very good idea. However today the warehouse industry is attempting fate. And the son of Jim Thorpe is trying to have his fathers remains returned to Native American land in Oklahoma for a proper burial. http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/news/story?id=5323950 So I am not sure if this outdoor adventure town will be renamed Mauch Chunk once again. But regardless of coal, sports, historical imporatnce the people here are innovative and will always prosper with the change of fate.

    The Packer mansion is worth seeing and the village streets offer many eating and shopping opportunities among its eight national historic buildiings. Race Street looks old world with its many stone townhouses built for the craftsmen that the Packer family employed. There is an attempt to bring back the gravity switchback railroad, Americas first rollercoaster that was once used to bring coal down the mountain from Summit Hill to the Leigh Canal and later thrill early American tourist.

    Another interesting stop is the old Jail, a few Molley Maquires were hang there, some may have been innocent. For those enjoying the paranormal the place is haunted. Many people catch orbs on their photographs and staff feel being watched and others get touched. For those that don't believe in such things there is a feeling of reverance in the place. The famous hand print that doesn't exist can be seen, the reproduction gallows sit at one end of the block add to the attraction as if the ghost do not wish to be forgotten.

    The ghosts of the Molly Maguires are all through the coal region. There is even one warning people in Centralia to stay away from the toxic fumes, another haunts the Bloomsburg Jail and Court House. To learn more of their history read their account. Matter of fact if it were not for their struggle to improve conditions in the mines, the recession of the 1870's, the Latimar Massacre where protesters were killed by Luzerne County Sheriffs and add the mining strike of the early part of the twentieth century our entire national labor enviroment would be differant today. For those that believe in fair wages, benfits and job security ought to thank the coal region of Pennsylvania. All I ask is at least ride our roads.

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    http://mauchchunkhistory.com/historical.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clay View Post
    I worked for Ed when he had his shop in Parksburg and watched his son race at Daytona back in the 70's.. We try to get together at the Oley Antique Swap meet in April of each year..


    I thought there would be someone among us that knew him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lilredroadster View Post
    Hey Statdawg
    Thanx for the correction on the Martin Guitar factory. If I can swing it I may spend a little $$$ there and ship a classical guitar home. I already have a steel string Martin.
    Beware as I think you can only by accessories like strings and t-shirts.

    I've been drooling over the catalog as well and hope to make a visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Statdawg View Post


    I thought there would be someone among us that knew him.
    He's been known to show up at Hermy's BMW..rummaging through Hermy's old stock of Triumph parts..

    p.s. You forgot to add..he's an AMA Hall of Fame inductee

    http://www.motorcyclemuseum.org/hall...px?RacerID=171
    Last edited by Clay; 01-24-2011 at 06:31 PM.

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